Students, We Have Software for You.

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/8/22 4:15 PM  |  5 min read time
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Are you a student looking to make an impact in your field? Are you ready to wow your professors with great design?

We understand that student life can be tough. You’re balancing what seems like a never-ending list of new responsibilities, not to mention that your pockets aren’t exactly overflowing at the moment. So where does one find the time and energy to think about design software?

Let us help you answer that question. In this blog post, we’ll quickly break down and simplify everything available to you as a student from us at Vectorworks!


Free Educational Licenses for Students & Professors

As a student, you can get yourself a free educational license of the Vectorworks Design Suite, our most robust offering that includes all the capabilities of Architect (architecture and interiors), Landmark (landscape design and landscape architecture), Spotlight (entertainment design), and Fundamentals. Professors can also get a free educational license to use for instruction.

Request your free Vectorworks license today.

Free Lab Donations for Your School

Does your school have a computer lab with Vectorworks installed? It totally should!

Professors can contact us to get free software through our lab donation program. This is a great way to bring Vectorworks into the classroom for guided instruction for the whole class. 

Licenses for Recent Graduates at a BIG Discount

Entering the professional world can certainly cause financial headache, which is why our student2PRO program gives recent graduates fantastic value — 40% off a Vectorworks professional license for three years after you graduate! That license is yours forever and doesn’t have the educational watermark associated with documentation. And you can convert your student work to watermark-free files at no cost.

Apply for your professional Vectorworks license here.

Wow Your Professors with Previz

Ever hear of Vision? Check this out:

The program goes together with Spotlight’s entertainment design toolset, allowing you to pre-program and queue a show before even getting to the venue. And you can get a free license as a student!

Click here to get started with Vision and discover the power of previz.

Win Big with the Design Scholarship

Show off your skills with the annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship! Submit a project and our panel of judges will determine winners based on criteria that you can review. There are plenty of cash prizes awarded, including the grand prize of $10,000 USD!

Here’s what the 2021 winner, Leslie Majer, said about her public bathhouse project:

“I would have never expected that a project of this manageable size would be able to win such a prize and gain such a forum.”

Click the image below to read more about the award-winning project!

leslie major vectorworks scholarship

Image submitted by Leslie Majer to the 2021 Vectorworks Design Scholarship.

The 2022 Vectorworks Design Scholarship will begin in the second quarter of 2022. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to see when submissions open.

Learn at No Cost with Vectorworks University

It makes sense that you might be intimidated by the word “university” at this point in your life. Stay with us, though.

Vectorworks University is a completely free and self-guided learning website. We update it constantly with new content like webinars, how-tos, and feature highlights. It’s the best place to go to get acquainted with best-practice workflows and tool use.


You can even earn Vectorworks certifications from the University. The certifications prove your skills and are great resume boosters. 😉

No tuition bills here — explore the University and continue your path to design extraordinaire!

Stay Connected with Planet Vectorworks

Planet Vectorworks is our company blog. As “planet” suggests, you can find content on almost anything related to Vectorworks both as a software and as a company.

We love to highlight professionals who are doing top-notch work with the software. There’s plenty of valuable tips going around; for example, this blog goes over how updating your preferences can lead to huge workflow efficiencies and improvements, and this one talks about some key Vectorworks functionality to use when working remotely.

A tutorial series, webinar announcements, industry news — subscribe to the newsletter and you’ll see the best from Planet Vectorworks only once per week.

Get Your Software Today!

What’s there to lose? Visit the Software for Education page to see how you can design without limits™️.


*The availability of educational licenses, lab licenses, and recent graduate discounts vary by country. Not all programs are available in every market. For more information, please contact your local Vectorworks representative or the Vectorworks academic team at

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